Historical Commission

Meetings
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • The 2nd Wednesday, September through June
  • Cherry Hill Public Library
    1100 N Kings Highway
    Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Members
  • Sara Lipsett, Council liaison
  • Mike Mathis, Chairman
  • Denise Weinberg, Vice Chairwoman
  • Nancy Schwartz, Secretary
  • Sandra Ragonese, township liaison
  • Bob Gloeser, Esq.
  • Dave Lummis, AIA
  • Lisa Mangiafico
  • Dan Nichols, AIA
  • Marian Schomp
  • Neil Schwartz
  • Michael Sommeling
  • Beth Becker
  • Bree Allen
Overview
About the Historical Commission
Dedicated to preserving the history of the township, the volunteer Commission collects, preserves and maintains archives and memorabilia and assists in identifying historical resources in Cherry Hill. The Commission also sponsors an annual lecture series through the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Services.

Local History Room
Researching a paper or preparing a presentation? Looking for fascinating and unique resources? The Commission's archives include documents, images, and artifacts relative to the history, growth, and development of Cherry Hill. The archival material is housed in the Local History Room (Lower Level) at the Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 Kings Highway North. The Local history Room is staffed by Commission members on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Appointments are also available by contacting the commission via email or by phone at 856-488-7886.

Projects & Accomplishments
The Commission has received grants from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to renovate and stabilize the outbuildings and the Kay-Evans farmhouse at Croft Farm and succeeded in having the Croft Farm property listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The Commission also used grant funds to conduct a Historic Resource Survey of Cherry Hill, which identified 500 existing buildings that were constructed prior to 1930. It investigated 38 of those properties which may be eligible for inclusion on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Interested residents can view this survey at the library.

In 1990, the Commission created a video entitled The Making of a township which features interviews with past mayors of Cherry Hill. In 1994, it also produced the Auto Tour Guide of Historic Sites in the township of Cherry Hill which is available for purchase for $2 from the Municipal Clerk’s office at Town Hall, or the Cherry Hill Public Library.

Speaker's Bureau

Is your group looking for a Program? Consider the CHHC's Speaker's Bureau. Members are available to offer illustrated lectures on a variety of topics including Cherry Hill history, heirloom preservation and more. For more information or to schedule a program, contact the CHHC at or 856-488-7886.